George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

0% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
95%
of students recommend
(3.87 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 345 respondents

School Highlights

Most
Affordable
Regionally
Accredited
Non
Profit
High
Grad. Rate
Has Online
Degrees
Find an Online Degree:

School Ratings

Quality of Instruction
Student Financial Services
Satisfaction With Degree
Earning Potential
Prepared for Career

School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 33,929 (23,066 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 62% part-time, 38% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,304 in-state; $31,424 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

pros: great education, challenging, and rewarding classes,good professors with accessible office hours. Cons: I commute 30min or more to get to class, outdated technology, large class sizes.
5.0 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros- Classes, Professors Cons- Where I live in comparison to school
3.67 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

Graduate School is what you make of it. GMU offers many outlets for whatever students are looking for: social life, academic clubs and organizations, internships, job opportunities, networking, and various alternative academic opportunities such as studying abroad and the peace corps. The MPA program is flexible, informative, and very useful--especially in the greater DC area. I have no doubts that it will serve me well in my future. I would've liked a little more hands-on time with professors but it's another area where it's up to the student to take the first step--particularly in larger programs like the MPA program at GMU. The largest class size I had was 28 people to one professor but for the most part class sizes are reasonable and professors are helpful and knowledgeable.
4.17 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The graduate program is a great opportunity to enhance my qualification for medical school. However, it is quite expensive for a self-financed college student as myself. Nevertheless, I have a goal and I am willing to do whatever it takes in order to accomplish it. All the help I can get would be greatly appreciated.
3.17 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

Online programs are good in theory for the busy adult, but it can be challenging to get feedback and clarification when needed in an online environment.
2.33 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros and cons for the programs are myriad and multifaceted, among them include the makeup of colleagues, cost, and required courses. The MA program is tailored to mid-career students. Consequently, most of my cohort are mid 30s, married with children, and work full-time. This means that there is minimal camaraderie among students, and making friends can be tough. However, the school is near Washington D.C. which is a bonus in and of itself. Furthermore, the cost of the program is relatively high for out-of-state students, and receiving residency in VA is complicated. Not to mention, scholarship support seems minimal to MA students. Therefore, I am more apt to recommend the program to older, more established, and Virgina residents. Finally, the program is the typical 36 credit hours. However, there are 6 required courses (i.e. 18 hours). This means that half of the program is not centered around your particular niche, but developing the all too common well-roundness found in undergraduate programs. Also, the program is catered to International Relations and Comparative Politics, many American courses get pushed to the wayside. Furthermore, the methods and statistical-based courses are only the basics, nothing in-depth or upper-level. In closing, the program is well-run (staff and professors are helpful and quick to respond), but younger students may miss out on strong bonds commonly forged among graduate student colleagues.
3.25 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

George Mason has a solid reputation for quality academic experience and excellent networking potential for students who take advantage of the proximity to the capital's resources. Internship "courses" are built into the Art History curriculum, as well as Museum Studies opportunities. The Art History and History Departments are closely engaged, and offer classes applicable to both tracks of study. Regrettably, GMU only offers a Masters Degree in Art History. However, my experience with the faculty gives me confidence in my chances to secure a position in a PhD program upon completion of my M.A.
3.25 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

George Mason has a solid reputation for quality academic experience and excellent networking potential for students who take advantage of the proximity to the capital's resources. Internship "courses" are built into the Art History curriculum, as well as Museum Studies opportunities. The Art History and History Departments are closely engaged, and offer classes applicable to both tracks of study. Regrettably, GMU only offers a Masters Degree in Art History. However, my experience with the faculty gives me confidence in my chances to secure a position in a PhD program upon completion of my M.A.
3.67 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015

I have very much enjoyed my time at GMU. I would recommend this school to everyone :)
5.0 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2014

I am so very lucky to be a part of George Mason University's Special Education Graduate Program. Built into the masters is your certification to teach in Virginia. One of the best things about it is that every teacher I have had so far has also been a K-12 special education teacher in one of Virginia's wonderful school counties so we wind up having a lot of connections to multiple schools and districts. All of the classes align perfectly with what we need to know for our work in the field. It even gets into teaching how to communicate effectively with your coworkers and the students' parents. The only downfall is that often times, it is easiest to take classes over the summer (being that as teachers we have off that time) but the summer semester has us double booked for about three weeks before the public school systems in VA let out. It also can be frustrating because the college's Spring Break doesn't align with the surrounding school counties Spring Break so we wind up having to take a week off of work or a week off of school in order to have a spring vacation.
0% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Disclaimer: GraduatePrograms.com makes student reviews available via this site. The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of GraduatePrograms.com. GraduatePrograms.com takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.

This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the school of this site. With the exception of the recommend rate percentage (which is the average based student-submitted ratings to our site), all of the data is sourced either from the National Center for Education Statistics or from an official representative of the school. NCES data is updated annually to reflect the most current available data, and student review information is updated in real time. For additional information, refer to our School Data Methodology.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.